Topics include Double Dare, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest, coming out late in life, Legos and more!
“When the Moon Was Ours not only touches on qpoc life and gender roles and social constructs, but it beautifully and brutally explores what it means to be a queer teen of color in a world constantly rejecting and defining who you should be.”
Post-election reading recommendations, endless love for Zadie Smith, new Joan Didion, how we talk about women’s lives and more.
There Should Be Flowers is a healing map, a compass that shows us back to the world after having left it for too long – that allows us to live inside the pain and love ourselves anyway.
Topics include Donald Trump in 1997, The Tower of Terror, My So-Called Life, Steve Bannon, Tom Hanks, Chipotle, Carl’s Jr, how we break, and more!
Is there enough room to practice compassion at the same time that we notice we’re being manipulated and dehumanized? How much of our own humanity is taken away from us when we don’t allow ourselves the emotional space to practice love in any circumstance?
Literary ASMR, exclamation points and emoji, queer retellings as reclamation, Zadie Smith, recordings of Black women poets and more.
“I have a very precocious eight year old daughter who began speaking at nine months and decided that she would marry a woman before she turned two. She learned the term lesbian from the show Supergirl, and now matter of factly proclaims herself a lesbian to anyone.”
Topics include Dominos pizza, Cracker Barrel, leaving New York City, an alcoholic sportswriter, Stitch’s Great Escape, Kesha and SO MUCH MORE
Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts doesn’t have an index, so I made one for it. I can promise that it is both longer and shorter than you think.
If witches are a way to tell stories about women and power, vampires are a way to tell stories about women and sex.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Beyoncé, digital accessibility and representation as an ongoing project, every spell used in Harry Potter, Halloween reading and more.
Topics include Dress for Success, OJ Simpson, open marriages, Star Tours, what men love about war, lesbians in the ’90s, a white supremacist who went to college and changed his mind and so much more!
Arimah’s short story grapples with grief, immigration, neo-imperialism, and our never-ending obsession with defining ourselves by countries and borders; all the while telling a cross-continental African lesbian love story.
No women won the Nobel Prize, on women’s privacy and how Elena Ferrante got doxxed, how witches are a way to write about women’s power, lesbian YA covers through the years and more.
Why is that people of colour have to bear the brunt of speaking out about racism while white people enjoy the privilege of remaining silent? What happens when the tables are turned?
AfterEllen is a part of a legacy of brilliant publications created by passionate lesbian, queer and bisexual women that unfortunately no longer exist, but were cool for a while.
Topics include Sea World Ohio, “Fixer Upper,” Blue Apron, Bret Easton Ellis, the Golden Suicides, a con-woman, this really cool essay about ambition and SO MUCH MORE!
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Feminist coloring books, favorite bi+ books of 2016 (so far), publishing algorithms, when sometimes you read less than other times and more.